verb (used with object), consecrated, consecrating.
to make or declare sacred; set apart or dedicate to the service of a deity: to consecrate a new church building.
to make (something) an object of honor or veneration; hallow: a custom consecrated by time.
to devote or dedicate to some purpose: a life consecrated to science.
to admit or ordain to a sacred office, especially to the episcopate.
to change (bread and wine) into the Eucharist.
consecrated; sacred.

1325–75; Middle English consecraten < Latin consecrātus (past participle of consecrāre), equivalent to con- con- + -secr- (variant, in non-initial syllables, of sacer) sacred, holy + -ātus -ate1

consecratedness, noun
consecrator, consecrater, noun
consecratory [kon-si-kruh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] , consecrative, adjective
deconsecrate, verb (used with object), deconsecrated, deconsecrating.
preconsecrate, verb (used with object), preconsecrated, preconsecrating.
reconsecrate, verb (used with object), reconsecrated, reconsecrating.
superconsecrated, adjective
unconsecrated, adjective
unconsecrative, adjective

2. sanctify, venerate. 3. See devote.

1. desecrate. Unabridged
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consecrate (ˈkɒnsɪˌkreɪt)
1.  to make or declare sacred or holy; sanctify
2.  to dedicate (one's life, time, etc) to a specific purpose
3.  to ordain (a bishop)
4.  Christianity to sanctify (bread and wine) for the Eucharist to be received as the body and blood of Christ
5.  to cause to be respected or revered; venerate: time has consecrated this custom
6.  archaic consecrated
[C15: from Latin consecrāre, from com- (intensive) + sacrāre to devote, from sacer sacred]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from L. consecratus, pp. of consecrare "to make holy, devote," from com- "together" + sacrare (see sacred).
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Example sentences
Even though the altar has not been consecrated, or blessed, visitors have been
  moved to leave offerings.
Here is a land consecrated to democracy but run by an entrenched plutocracy.
There are stalls entirely devoted to mollusks, and others consecrated to
  legumes of every color and shape.
She lived alone and consecrated her life to the gorillas.
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"I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me.
You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me, but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.
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